In keeping with a tradition of continuous improvement – and first’s among private sector driver training provider’s – that dates back to 1974 and the origins of our predecessor, the Scotti School, VDI has entered Phase I of our Training Fleet Modernization project, which will see us replacing the venerable Crown Vic sedans that are commonplace in the training arena with Dodge Charger police package sedans.
A closer look at an age-old secure transportation/protection route planning function was inspired by United Parcel Service – commonly referred to as UPS.
When VDI coined the phrase, “Behind the Wheel Emergencies” to describe the focus of our training nearly 14 years ago, it was in recognition of the fact that the most common risk the vast majority of Security Drivers face on an everyday basis is a potential crash. Today, with accident related fatalities on the rise, training to the broadest possible spectrum of risks drivers face – from potential accidents to security incidents – is as important as it was more than forty years ago when Tony Scotti first introduced the concept of training to an objective standard and the methodology that made it possible.
As many of our longstanding clients in the corporate, law enforcement and government/military sectors know, Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute – more commonly known as VDI – is often called upon to test and evaluate the performance of various types of vehicles as well as aftermarket equipment that may impact that performance. Earlier this year VDI was approached by the manufacturer of a run flat device to independently run how well the device would perform in adverse conditions.
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Last week, as we wrapped up what, by all accounts, was another successful Protective/Evasive Driving course (our 32nd training delivery of the year) one of the 18 students who participated in the training asked me..
What it is I do when we are not delivering training somewhere in the world?
The answer to that question takes us back to the early ’70’s and the origins of VDI’s predecessor, the Scotti School of Defensive Driving.
The question also points us to what might best be referred to as the pillars of driving.